in Honour of Cameroonian women
via Afrika Arise
“The C.R. Patterson & Sons Company”
was a carriage building firm, and the first African American-owned automobile manufacturer. The company was founded by Charles Richard Patterson, who was born into slavery in April 1833 on a plantation in virginia. His parents were Nancy and Charles Patterson. Patterson escaped from slavery in 1861, heading west and settling in Greenfield, Ohio around 1862…
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Our hair says a lot about us. It can be a fashion statement. It can be a political statement. For African-American men and women there has been a conflict about hair. That could be changing.
According to a study in 2011, there was a 36 percent increase among African- American women who decided to do away with hair chemicals. That means a hair style that might not conform to a certain image.
But is this a trend or is natural hair here to stay?
“Hair, going back to the origins of slavery times, hair has always been a marker of difference, has been a marker of racial difference,” said University of Delaware Professor Tiffany Gill.
to read more go to http://atlantablackstar.com/2013/06/29/more-african-american-women-choosing-natural-hairstyles-study-finds/
Abu l-Hasan Ali Ibn Nafi – who was also known as Ziryab (black singing bird in Arabic) and Pájaro Negro (blackbird) in Spanish- was a polymath, with knowledge in astronomy, geography, meteorology, botanics, cosmetics, culinary art and fashion. He is known for starting a vogue by changing clothes according to the weather and season. He also suggested different clothing for mornings, afternoons and evenings.
He created a deodorant to eliminate bad odors, promoted morning and evening baths, and emphasized maintaining personal hygiene. Ziryab is believed to have invented an early toothpaste, which he popularized throughout Islamic Iberia – primarily in Spain.
He made fashionable shaving among men and set new haircut trends. Royalty used to wash their hair with rosewater, but Ziryab introduced salt and fragrant oils to improve the hair’s condition.
Cosmetic Chemistry Connections is a new initiative launching on October 30 that has been set up to encourage young women from disadvantaged backgrounds to study chemistry at University.
We live in a beauty obsessed world which is ruled by advances in beauty products and treatments where not a week goes by without the launch of a
new anti-ageing cream or Botox treatment. Unfortunately this is not reflected in the classroom where girls trail behind boys in STEM (science, technology, engineering) subjects.
Cosmetic Chemistry Connections is the brainchild of Madeka Panchoo, Managing Director of 33 Boroughs Consultancy Ltd which specialises in corporate responsibility programmes. Working with Generating Genius, a charity, that works with high achieving students from disadvantaged communities, the programme aims to encourage girls aged 16+ from the BME (black and minority ethnic) community to pursue a career in chemistry. It is supported by brands such as L’Oreal, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Yves Rocher.
“I am really excited to be working on such a positive…
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